Trump wasn't fully aware of allegations against ex-aide Porter

Trump wasn't fully aware of allegations against ex-aide Porter

The episode has thrust Trump's senior-most aides, many of whom have already been embroiled in controversy related to special counsel Robert Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation, into yet another crisis.

US President Donald Trump favours a merit-based immigration system, which attracts the best and the brightest from across the world, the White House has said.

The White House, which had backed Porter until the photo was published amid allegations of domestic abuse, said Porter's last day as White House staff secretary was on Wednesday, when he resigned.

Porter said he will leave the White House after a transition period. "The emerging reports were not reflective of the individual who we had come to know", Shah said. So he was surprised by it.

Amid questions about why Porter was forced to resign only after the allegations became public, Shah refused to give details about when and how Chief of Staff John Kelly in particular became aware of the claims.

"He became fully aware of these allegations yesterday", Shah said of Kelly, later adding that he had "not seen images prior to the statement on Tuesday night".

Porter denied the allegations in a statement announcing his resignation Wednesday, which he called part of a "smear campaign" against him. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society".

"Sometimes, good people make bad decisions", Republican Senator John Kennedy said in an interview with CNN. "I don't care who you are, even if you are a Rhodes scholar, you can't beat the hell out of your spouse. It's wrong", he said.

On Thursday, the deputy press secretary pushed back against those charges, saying Kelly was not "fully aware" of the allegations against Porter until the graphic photos surfaced on Wednesday.

There was no sign, however, that Kelly was in danger of losing his job. Ahead of his briefing, Sanders took to Twitter and described Shah as "one of the best and the brightest in the Trump administration".

"He was surprised. He, like many of us, did not see that in Rob Porter, did not see what those allegations have brought forward", Shah said during his debut appearance at the daily press briefing.

Kelly was brought into the West Wing to bring calm to Trump's tumultuous operation but recently has created some of his own chaos, rattling aides and lawmakers with inflammatory remarks and political missteps.

Just this week, he told reporters that some illegal immigrants eligible for protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme may have chosen not to sign up because they are "too lazy to get off their asses".

Shah also sought to address news reports that Porter's ex-wives had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the alleged abuse months ago as part of a background check on Porter that was being conducted so that he could obtain a security clearance.

The New Yorker magazine earlier this week reported messages showing Shah calling the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, as "some justice", a dig at Trump.

Shah said Porter was "terminated" but later clarified he was not fired.

The spokesman added that the allegations are "serious and disturbing", but he repeatedly noted that Porter denied wrongdoing. He was never given any special treatment.

Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby told the Daily Mail they experienced physical and emotional abuse during their marriages to Porter and the tabloid published a 2010 protective order obtained by his second wife alongside photos of his first wife's bruised face. Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations.

Related News:



Most liked

Pence Announces US to Issue 'Toughest, Most Aggressive' N.Korea Sanctions
The 30-year-old, who has seen her profile rise steadily since 2014, was last year promoted to North Korea's Politburo . Diplomatic sources told CNN last month that "hundreds" of rockets and missiles would be featured during the display.

Woman puts Petri dish under bathroom dryer, breaks the Internet
The image shows a Petri dish with several things growing quite large in it after just 48 hours. Pathogenic fungi and bacteria are those that cause disease.

One killed, 149 wounded in mosque attack in Libya's Benghazi
In past months there have been occasional, smaller scale bombings apparently targeting LNA allies or supporters. A previous hospital bulletin spoke of 62 wounded.

MGM Resorts International (MGM), Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (COG)
The stock has a market capitalization of $19,633.67, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.84, a P/E/G ratio of 6.09 and a beta of 1.44. The insider Alkire Michael J. sold 25,000 shares worth $831,500. 3,097 shares were sold by Mckinney-James Rose, worth $104,779.

Breaking Down the Chart for McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
North American Mngmt holds 48,027 shares or 1.19% of its portfolio. 105,405 were reported by Alpha Cubed Invs Ltd Liability Corp. The company was maintained on Wednesday, January 4 by Instinet. 1,398 shares were sold by Hoovel Catherine A ., worth $238,415.

The Madison Investment Holdings Inc. Maintains Holdings in Amazon.com, Inc
Inc. now owns 403 shares of the e-commerce giant's stock worth $390,000 after purchasing an additional 3 shares during the period. Finally, Naples Global Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Amazon .com by 0.3% in the 1st quarter. (NASDAQ: AMZN ).

Mix Performers in Focus- British American Tobacco plc (NYSE:BTI)
The stock of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, July 29 by Societe Generale. The Average Earnings Estimate for the Current Fiscal quarter is $4.3 per share, according to consensus of 2 analysts .

South Africa vs India, 3rd ODI: Hosts elect to bowl, visitors unchanged
For South Africa , Duminy took two wickets while Rabada, Morris, Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo chipped in with one wicket apiece. Dhoni's stumping of Markram took him to 400 ODI dismissals, the first Indian wicket-keeper to reach that mark.

Bill to end US government shutdown clears key hurdle
Obama-era guarantees for those immigrants were cancelled by Mr Trump and are set to expire next month. But lawmakers struggled to overcome last-minute objections from Republican Senator Rand Paul .

EAFE Growth Index MSCI Ishares (EFG): PPOH Line Below Zero
Used as a coincident indicator, the CCI reading above +100 would reflect strong price action which may signal an uptrend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.

Apple confirms iPhone source code leak
Another expert on iOS, Jonathan Levin, told Motherboard that the iBoot source code represented "the biggest leak in history". The Cupertino, California-based uses a Secure Enclave processor to make jailbreaking nearly impossible, notes DailyMail.

Amazon to Roll Out UPS-Like Delivery Service
In other news, Director Kim Jabal sold 3,980 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shipping service provider reported $3.18 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $2.89 by $0.29.

Tesla losses spike as it fights to ramp up Model 3
Tesla manufactured the Roadster from 2008 to 2012 and will re-introduce a much faster model next year along with the Model 3. Lyft said it hired McNeil as its chief operating officer. "This is a revolution", Robert Zubrin said in a statement.

Eurostar to start London to Amsterdam train service
Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel. The journey time will be 3hr 01min between London and Rotterdam and 3hr 41min between London and Amsterdam.

8 arrests following Eagles Super Bowl win
The number of viewers watching the Super Bowl streams also grew by about 300,000 for each of the previous two years. You take one of your best cover corners out in Malcolm Butler, and that changes the whole makeup of your secondary.